Dew Tour brings excitement, crowds to Ocean City

June 30, 2014|By Jessica E. Evans, The Baltimore Sun

There was sunshine and good times over the weekend as an estimated 250,000 visitors swarmed Ocean City, with nearly half in town to attend the 2014 Dew Tour Beach Championships.

This is the fourth consecutive year the city has hosted the extreme sports event and organizers said more than 100,000 turned out to watch the athletes take on challenging courses on the beach.

"It was a wonderful event," said Jessica Waters, Ocean City communications manager. "We are really pleased with the outcome and the weather couldn't have been better. The athletes who are from around the world and people who come to the event have a lasting impression of Ocean City."

The weekend was full of impressive athleticism such as Jamie Bestwick capturing his 10th consecutive BMX vert win. Bestwick, one of the oldest athletes competing at the Beach Championships, topped rivals Vince Byron and Simon Tabron to win his 10th consecutive Dew Cup in the event. 

Andy Buckworth won his first BMX Park championships, edging out last year’s winner Ryan Nyquist.

After failing to make the finals in the skate vert portion of the competition, Baltimore native and local favorite Bucky Lasek scored a win in the newly redesigned Skate Bowl. 

Town officials said Ocean City hopes to host the event next year for a fifth year in a row.

"Each year we get a little bit better and they [Dew Tour] get better," Waters said. "We've become a dynamic team and there isn't another venue that is quite like Ocean City."

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